Published: Sun, November 18, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Brown, Newsom to Join Trump on Camp Fire Visit

Brown, Newsom to Join Trump on Camp Fire Visit

More than 1,000 people are unaccounted for in Northern California as the state's deadliest wildfire enters a second week.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea revealed the increased missing persons total at a news conference on Thursday, having put the figure at 130 just a day earlier.

Camp Fire has turned the hard-hit town of Paradise into ash and debris and also devastated the nearby communities of Magalia and Concow.

"Just spoke to Governor Jerry Brown to let him know that we are with him, and the people of California, all the way!"

Three other deaths occurred in the Woolsey Fire in Southern California, making the statewide death toll from wildfires 74.

But Stacy Lazzarino, who voted for Trump, said it would be good for the president to see the devastation up close: "I think by maybe seeing it he's going to be like 'Oh, my goodness, ' and it might start opening people's eyes".

They also pointed out the many extreme differences between warm, sunny, drought-stricken California with its annual destructive (and growing worse) fire seasons - and Finland, land of marshes, cold temperatures and snow.

Numerous missing are elderly, according to the list released by county officials. The show of support signals a change in tone for the President, who over the weekend blamed the blaze on what he called "gross mismanagement of the forests", and threatened to revoke federal funding of certain departments. "Now is a time to pull together for the people of California". Some names on the list appear a couple of times, and it's unclear whether others are duplicates, too, Honea said. Authorities have tentatively identified 58 of those people.

A couple from the Wichita area has lost their home to the deadliest wildfire in California's history.

"The chaos that we were dealing with was extraordinary", he said of the early crisis hours last week.

Get ready for a wet Thanksgiving in Northern California, with possible implications for Camp Fire evacuees in the Paradise area.

That surpasses the previous fatality record from a single California wildfire - 29 in the Griffith Park fire of 1933 in Los Angeles.

Honea said it was too soon to conjecture on the fate of those on the list, noting that as of Friday, 329 individuals previously reported missing had turned up alive.

Raging flames on both ends of the state have killed 74 people so far, and officials estimate as many as 1,011 were still unaccounted for late Saturday.

"The President's message attacking California and threatening to withhold aid to the victims of the cataclysmic fires is ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines". And in 30 days, firefighters have battled more than 500 blazes, Cal Fire said.

With almost 12,000 homes and buildings burned, refugees from the fire have taken up residence in tents or their vehicles and filled evacuation centers to overflowing.

"This is going to be a very long and frustrating event for the citizens of Paradise", Long said.

In an interview prior to the two-day visit, which began Wednesday, Zinke struck a conciliatory tone and said federal officials share blame for not managing public forest and rangelands aggressively enough.

It has burned 148,000 acres the report, issued at 7 a.m., states - roughly the size of Chicago.

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